Sky1 to screen new series of The Kumars

The Kumars are returning to TV in the autumn, but have moved from the BBC to Sky1 HD.

The co-production between Avatar and Hat Trick Productions marks the first new series of the hit comedy in six years.

Sanjeev Bhaskar resumes the role of Sanjeev Kumar, alongside Meera Syal (Gran/Ummi), Vincent Ebrahim (Dad/Ashwin Kumar) and Indira Joshi (Mum/Madhuri Kumar).

Forced to down-size as a result of the economic downturn, The Kumars are now living in a flat in Hounslow, behind the gift shop that Dad, Ashwin, now runs. Host, Sanjeev, is divorced from his wife of nearly two years, Bindiya, but they share custody of their precocious eight-year-old daughter.

Ashwin has secured a sponsorship deal which has enabled him to resurrect the family’s talk show, which takes place in the living room of their flat.

Sanjeev Bhaskar commented: “It’s incredibly exciting to revisit these warm, oddball characters and to be given the opportunity to bring them up to date. We’ve tried to retain what viewers loved about the original show and to inject new characters and elements in a slightly new format that we hope will appeal to an even broader audience.”